Where they rank on offense, defense


As they get ready for Sunday’s showdown, the New Orleans Saints have the NFC South’s best offense and the Atlanta Falcons have the division’s best defense.

That’s according to the latest NFL rankings through Sunday’s games.

The Saints rank No. 2 in the NFL in total offense (No. 9 rushing and No. 2 passing). The Carolina Panthers are fifth in the league (No. 8 rushing and No. 5 passing). Atlanta is No. 14 overall (tied for No. 12 in rushing and No. 17 passing). Tampa Bay is No. 15 overall (No. 24 rushing and No. 11 passing).

The Falcons have the top defense in a division where defenses don’t rate nearly as well as the offenses. Atlanta is No. 14 in total defense (No. 7 against the run and No. 19 against the pass).

New Orleans is No. 15 overall (No. 18 against the run and No. 14 against the pass). Carolina is No. 18 (27th against the run and 13th against the pass).

Tampa Bay is No. 29 overall (26th against the run and 27th against the pass).